I’m (re-)posting this interview that Rob Taylor did with me at the end of April as part of National Poetry Month. It was published with Read Local BC, but I must confess that I did not do much to spread the word about it at the time–because it was published the day that Henry was born (I first shared the link on Twitter while I was in early labour). It’s kind of funny, because Rob and I talk about that during our interview: his wife and I shared the same due date for our babies #2… Rob and I were each scrambling to finish our (lovely!) conversation about poetry between the anticipated–and actual–arrival of new babies.
Anyhow: please read and share, if you like. Rob took such careful attention with my book, The Brightest Thing, and asked really smart, sometimes difficult, always thoughtful questions, and I’m very pleased to share this (again) with you.
“Perhaps that’s the truth the book is pursuing. Love is good. I want that to be true. It is true. But how we define love is not always good, and how we pursue it is not always good. That’s getting to the narrative truth of the fairy tale.”
Read more here: “Love is not all: An interview with Ruth Daniell.”
I got to talk about what home means to me with the kind folks of Synaesthesia Magazine. Read the short blog piece here, if you like! I definitely mention snow.
Synaesthesia Magazine is a fantastic, beautifully-curated online journal based out of the UK. I’ve been lucky enough to work with them a couple of times, with fiction in their EAT issue and more recently with my poem “Love and Impatience” in their BODY&SEX issue this past spring. They’re currently accepting submissions for their upcoming HOME issue, and they’re especially looking for more work by PoC and LGBTQ writers. Send your best work!
I was recently back in Vancouver for two weeks to run some teacher training workshops for BASA (the beloved speech arts school where I used to teach and for which I still design curriculum), and while I was back in my old neighbourhood I ate a lot of ice cream, dipped my toes in the ocean, visited the George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary, toured around Stanley Park, and just tried to soak up as much Vancouver-in-the-summer time as I could.
I also had the pleasure of chatting about feminist literature with the lovely Mallory Tater, who is running Glamato, a new summer-themed interview series. The idea is that Mallory meets up with female-identifying and genderqueer folk of the Can Lit scene and engages them in conversations about inclusion, literature, creativity, and process. And she does so while sipping Caesars on the best patios in Vancouver!
I opted for a strawberry lemonade instead of a Ceasar and thoroughly enjoyed my conversation with Mallory. You can read the full interview (and many more, with other smart folk) over on the Glamato blog.
I had the opportunity to talk to Candy on her CBC Radio One program, The Candy Palmater Show, on Wednesday (July 13, 2016). I had a blast! If you didn’t catch it on air, you can listen to it from the CBC website!
My thanks to everyone at CBC for their interest, and for all the listeners who tuned in!
I’m going to be chatting about Boobs: Women Explore What It Means to Have Breasts tomorrow May 13 on Roundhouse Radio 98.3 Vancouver. Tune in for the whole show between 3-6pm; I’ll be talking with Janice and Cory around 4pm. You can also listen in live via their website.
I’m looking forward to talking about how I got the idea for an anthology about breasts and female identity, the importance of telling and listening to women’s stories, and the horrors of bra shopping. I hope you’ll listen in!
Don’t forget that next Wednesday, I’ll be at Book Warehouse Main St for another celebration of Boobs, where I’ll be joined by Miranda Pearson (contributing poet), and Francine Cunningham (contributing prose writer), who will read from their fine work from the anthology. You can RSVP on Facebook to the event.
Awhile back, Francine Cunningham interviewed me for the UBC Creative Writing Alumni website, and the videos are now live! If you want to know what my hair looks like after an afternoon of summer bike-riding and how great my favourite lip colour is, in addition to learning what I’m working on right now and how I feel about ice-cream… Check it out, and please share widely so that as many people as possible have the opportunity to hear me talk about fairy tales and line breaks.
My thanks to Fran for taking the time to interview me, and to all the fellow writers who have shared ice-cream and/or hot chocolate with me over discussions about the practice of writing. Writing is a pretty solitary vocation, and it means a lot to have such a warm and wonderful community of talented friends and peers.
Speaking of hot chocolate—it’s the middle of December already! I hope you’re huddled up with great books and some delicious hot drinks. However you’re celebrating the season, my best wishes to you and yours!
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I was recently interviewed by Geosi Gyasi, a Ghanaian poet who writes the popular book blog Geosi Reads. You can now read the whole interview online. I talk about the origins of Swoon, my belief in the importance of speech arts and teaching, my thoughts on literary prizes, as well as some musings about my writing process, with particular insight into how I wrote “Love and Nail Polish,” which was published in One Throne Magazine and is currently nominated for the Pushcart Prize. I also talk about Rapunzel and my interest in fairy tales and the preoccupations about love and desire I explore in both my fiction and poetry. Geosi asked interesting and varied questions, and I hope you’ll enjoy the interview!
Earlier today, the gorgeous Sierra Skye Gemma and I met up for another meeting about the upcoming Swoon event (have you marked April 25th on your calendar yet?); we went for ice cream at the new Cambie location of Rain or Shine Ice Cream–because we decided that their salted caramel ice cream would be crucial to a productive meeting. And quite appropriate, really, considering that this year’s Poetry Month theme is food. Ice cream is, undeniably, food. And it might just inspire a poem or two!
I met up with Jordan Hall—who was one of the inaugural readers at Swoon in spring 2013 and is the current Playwright-in-Residence at Pi Theatre—to eat waffles and ice cream and talk to her about Carmilla, the new webseries that she wrote and is currently airing every Tuesday and Thursday for SmokeBomb Entertainment. You can go read the interview over on the Swoon website: “ ‘Writing can be like eating chocolate cake’: Swooning over Jordan Hall’s New Webseries Carmilla.”
Check it out! Jordan Hall is an incredibly lovely person and very talented.
Garth Martens was a featured reader for Swoon in April, when he read from his debut collection of poetry, Prologue for the Age of Consequence. I recently caught up with Garth to find out a little bit more about how the book came to be and to discover more about his passion for flamenco. He’s written the libretto for an international flamenco production, Pasajes, slated for July 12 in the Royal Theatre in Victoria–if you’re on Vancouver Island, I highly encourage you to go! Anything that Garth is involved in is sure to be of the highest quality. Garth was incredibly generous with his answers in our interview, and I am so excited to share his thoughts with you! Check out the interview on the Swoon blog. There are so many quotable sentences from the interview it’s hard to choose just one to entice you, but here goes! When I asked Garth how aware he is of how a poem “should” sound when he’s writing, he treated me with this image of a poem in composition:
There’s an aural support I work toward. The poem becomes, line after line, a parapet or a deck. I’d like to think I could walk on it. When editing I reinforce that music, button it down, batten the form so the wind won’t rip it apart. I like the feeling very much.
I love the idea of walking on a poem, like a bridge. I’m sure you do, too, and there’s lots more to love on the Swoon website! Read the whole interview here, for more of Garth’s thoughts on poetry and dance–and to discover what kind of ingredients Garth would use if he could design his own chocolate truffle!